How to effective mix and match different styles

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Refined taste with design styles that range from modern, traditional, minimal and industrial can often constrain a space from its fullest personal expression because of non-verbal design rules that suggest a singular decorative definition. However, the seemingly layered arrangement frequently ensues in the coexistence of multiple styles in the same room. Mixing and matching eliminates rules and restrictions that are particular to certain design styles. For example, a Chesterfield sofa that’s associated with 17th century British aristocracy is perfectly combined with a minimalistic Abaco bookcase by Tonin Casa, further emphasizing the clashing styles through a colorful Fly magazine rack.

Chesterfield sofa, Abaco bookcase and Fly magazine rack by Tonin Casa

Along the same lines is an example of traditional weathered grandfather leather armchairs that are counterbalanced with sleek plastic Kos coffee tables, resulting in a dimensional space with poetic simplicity and authentic expression.

Grandfather leather armchairs with sleek plastic Kos coffee tables by Tonin Casa

Buyers Guide – Top 5 modern umbrella stands

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Spring is here and as they say, “April showers will bring May flowers,” so is the rain. With the season of renewal, and in the spirit of restocking, it is a good time to check on your umbrella stock and perhaps invest into a sleek modern umbrella stand that is sculptural and useful at once. There to add a creative twist to any entryway while preventing dripping rain puddles, check out our top 5 contemporary umbrella stand picks for rainy-day inspiration.

1. Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm is named after the Russian word for umbrella and made from polyethylene in matte white and brown or colored polyethylene in blue, copper, silver and hunter green colors with a clever shape that’s designed to carefully contain the water from wet umbrellas.

Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm

Zontik by Karim Rashid for Casamania-Horm

2. Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa is first a sculpture and second a functional piece of furniture. Made using a special metal bending procedure that results in a wavy structure, Narciso umbrella stand is available in white, beige, yellow, anthracite and fuchsia colors.

Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa

Narciso by Davide Bozzini for Tonin Casa

3. Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell is a simple yet entirely transcendent design that offers great deal of functionality and elegant appeal. Made of batch dyed or painted plastic, Portaombrelli has a classic cylindrical shape and an array of bright colors that evoke its 1960s origins.

Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell

Portaobrelli by Gino Colombini for Kartell

4. Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi is part of a larger collection that shares a memorable geometric design reminiscent of jackstraw game. Featuring a polished stainless-steel structure comprised of individual and interconnected stocks, Blow Up umbrella stand gets its name and from a hypothetical explosion that yields its randomized, sculptural façade.

Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi

Blow Up Umbrella Stand by Humberto and Fernando Campana for Alessi

5. Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis playfully pays homage and celebrates Mary Poppins infamous arrival and via its design, serves a practical need for umbrella storage. With four shiny colors to choose from, Poppins triangular design allows for corner placements and doubles as a wine holder when not used for umbrellas.

Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis

Poppins Umbrella Stand by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Magis

Color Story – Midnight Green or Philadelphia Eagles Green

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

It’s Super Bowl Eve y’all!!! And Philadelphia is all lit up in tribute to the Eagles whose journey to Super Bowl LII is truly inspiring. The city’s most recognizable landmarks like Boathouse Row, Benjamin Franklin Bridge, City Hall, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and practically the entire city skyline is glowing with green pride in colorful salute to their home team’s road to the 2018 Super Bowl. But just in case Eagles green love extends beyond the Super Bowl, know that this shade of green is also known as midnight green and is a powerful yet chic color with modern inclination and organic disposition. Midnight green is a color that can easily energize and brighten without appearing ostentatious because of its strong ties to nature, while coming across extra sharp because of its vivid cool, cyan undertone. For inspiration and for very pretty modern furniture pieces if you are an Eagles fan, examples of perfectly applied Eagles Green include the Lock armchair by Alessandro Busano for Bonaldo and the Tuny leather bed by Tonin Casa, both of which embody this gorgeous color with serenity and sophisticated taste.

Modern interiors in Philadelphia Eagles midnight green

Style Rules: dramatic way to decorate with clear glass

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

As Isamu Noguchi once said, “It is weight that gives meaning to weightlessness…,” clear glass requires a little unconventional thinking. Instead of trying to complement glass with another clear element and weightless material, it is more impactful to underscore the innate lightness of glass with substantial materials for dramatic effect. For example, the extra clear and entirely glass, Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia, is paired with the Magda leather chairs while Tonin Casa’s Vendome dining table is paired with Charonne and Vivienne dining chairs which in both cases offer a great deal of visual and sensorial contrast to the weightlessness of glass.

Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia

Azimut dining table by Cattelan Italia

Vendome dining table by Tonin Casa

Vendome dining table by Tonin Casa

In another instance the mega modern Nervi dining table by Karim Rashid for Tonelli, was unexpectedly paired with heavy looking, transitionally styled Villa and Velvet dining chairs by Costantini Pietro to anchor its ultra-light nature with weightier structures.

Nervi dining table by Tonelli in room service 360° showroom

Nervi dining table by Tonelli in room service 360° showroom

Color Story – is it wine o clock yet

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Wine colors tend to represent their namesake quite literally with the same amount of sophistication, depth and relaxing disposition. Exuding warmth and inspiring complete coziness, wine-colors are a powerful way to showcase a rich combination of design styles and architectural details as well as a known decorative method that brings attention and highlights a desirable feature.

Tonin Casa does an excellent job with this elegant color palette through Astoria sectional by Aldo Petillo that is eloquently upholstered in deep burgundy velvet fabric while the Dharma bed with its rounded headboard and plush structure is featured in a beautiful shade of merlot. Equally enamoring is the multi-purposeful Ricciolo armchair by Angelo Tomaiuolo in ruby red Nubuk leather that also doubles as a chaise lounge using its patented folding mechanism. To finish this tempting color palette with yet another example of chic timelessness is the Sorrento dining chair that satisfies multitude of styles and enhances with its enveloping structure as well as with its intricate choice of upholstery.

Modern interiors in in wine colors by Tonin Casa

Cheers to beautiful interiors to achieve which you can’t go wrong with a red-wine palette!!!